February 19, 2020
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Innovation in web service APIs is not always technical, sometimes it's about money. Such is the case with Yahoo's announcement that later this year they will begin charging for usage of BOSS (Build your Own Search Service), their search web service for developers. Given that search revenue is typically ad-driven, and that advertising doesn't typically mesh with APIs, this has meant that search APIs have been one of the most challenging classes of APIs for providers to monetize. So it's notable to see how Yahoo has chosen to tackle this: via a 'utility' pricing model, somewhat akin to how infrastructure services like Amazon Web Services charge by usage.
ZoomInfo, a provider of go-to-market intelligence solutions, announced the release of its Compliance API, created to help ZoomInfo customers understand the personal data they possess and more accurately respond to consumer requests under GDPR and the forthcoming CCPA.
Afinis, a membership-based standards organization, is looking to advance API standardization efforts across the financial services ecosystem through formal governance. This includes a platform for standardized API product discovery, application testing, and developer collaboration.